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A very fine early Wednesday morning to you and yours. I trust that those who were at the Meet the Players event downtown enjoyed their time with the Kings and did not get stuck in the same terrible traffic that threw a wrench into last year’s event. But enough of that; here are a few links and videos, courtesy of

There’s a new book available for purchase called The Goaltenders’ Union detailed to describing the rise and success of goaltenders from different eras of hockey. From the page on Jonathan Quick:

There was no doubt where he belonged the following year, when he built on his previous season’s accomplishments, breaking a Kings goaltending record by playing 72 games and winning 39.

He also earned a spot on the 2010 U.S. Olympic squad, behind Buffalo’s Ryan Miller and Bruin Tim Thomas. At the time, U.S. coach Ron Wilson said, “I’m very impressed with him. Jonathan Quick’s the future of USA goaltending right now.”

Quick also earned positive reviews during the 2010 playoffs in the Kings’ first-round match against Vancouver.

“He’s just so fast post to post. And he covers the bottom of the net really well, which forces you to go upstairs,” Canuck Alex Burrows marvelled after one game.

Daniel Sedin said, “He’s got a quick glove hand. Really quick. So the best plan is to get a lot of pucks on him and get some traffic in front of him so he can’t see the puck as well.”

Other modern goaltenders profiled in the book are Marty Brodeur, Marty Turco, Roberto Luongo, Ilya Bryzgalov and, uh, Brent Johnson. The Book on Quick The Book on Ranford

Elsewhere in the land of Gifs of the Game | Kings Fighting Cancer

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Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left


Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left


As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right


Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.